Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center


Seminars in Hearing and Communications Sciences (SHACS)


Seminars in Hearing and Communications Sciences is a lecture series designed to engage the multi-disciplinary hearing and balance, speech and language science community at the UW. A joint venture between the Department of Speech and Hearing and the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, SHACS provides rich continuing education experiences for students at all levels as well as faculty during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Lectures are generally held on Friday afternoons at least twice a month, though there are periods with more frequent lectures, some of which fall outside of the regularly scheduled time. Speakers may be recruited from universities across the country, internationally, or from our own UW campus.

When we host a lecturer from outside the university, we often schedule additional events as opportunities to professionally connect with the speaker. These may include one-on-one meetings, catered lunches with graduate students and postdocs on campus, faculty networking dinners, and post-lecture receptions.

2019-2020 Seminars in Speech and Hearing Sciences Schedule, March – June 2020

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This list provides info on SHACS lectures in the near future with bios of the speakers and talk abstracts; non-SHACS events on topics of related interest are sometimes promoted on this list as well. This is an announcement-only email list rather than a discussion list, so postings are only made by the moderators and will be sent a few times a week at most.

SHACS Lecture Series Speaker Archive for Past Seasons

Every year we do an open call for speaker nominations for the coming SHACS season from the community, but feel free to send suggestions at any time, and they’ll be added to the list for consideration when planning future lecture seasons. To make a recommendation or ask any questions, please email Llyne Foy or call her at 206.616.6655.